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Pumpkinfest Volunteers Awarded for their Years of Service

June 18, 2014

(Owen Sound) – On Monday June 9, 2014, the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration presented the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards to individuals recognized for 5 to 60+ years of continuous service in a given organization. The Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat recognized seven Port Elgin Pumpkinfest volunteers for their dedicated years of service to the event.

These recipients included Connie Barker (vendor director), John Kirkham (weigh-off tent), Katie Kranenburg (volunteer food services), Al Lavigne (forklift), Jody O'Hara (entertainment stage) and Shane Wells (car show). Brendon MacKenzie received the special youth award.

Sally Hunt, Pumpkinfest Coordinator congratulates all the well-deserving volunteers, "It's very difficult to pick just 7 volunteers, but we are limited in our nominations to 6 plus one youth each year – we wish we could recognize all of them, every year!" "We are so lucky in Saugeen Shores to have such dedicated people to help keep our event sustainable and fresh. Thanks must go out to the community at large - from the business sponsors and partners, the non-profit groups who fundraise by performing a valuable service or by bringing an exciting attraction to the event, to the hundreds of individuals who graciously volunteer their time. Pumpkinfest is truly an event that takes a whole community to make it successful".

If you would like more information on how to become an event volunteer, contact Corby Leitch, Community Relations Coordinator at Pumpkinfest Headquarters (519) 389-3714.

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